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Presidency Claps Back at Haters’ Criticisms of Buhari’s Minister of Petroleum Resources Role



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They are just “briefcase-carrying crooks.” This is what the presidency has to say to all the haters criticizing president Buhari‘s decision to serve as the nation’s Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, told Punch:

“The President has a lot of experience to bring to the oil industry. Besides the military, the oil industry is another area where he is knowledgeable.

Mr. President also has tremendous integrity which he is bringing to the sector which is the most rotten in the nation’s economy.

The criticisms are coming from deal makers and briefcase-carrying cooks because they know that Buhari is not a deal maker.

The deal makers are not ready to go down without shouting because they know that their days are over.”

On the claim that it is unconstitutional for a sitting President to hold another public office, Shehu said all the powers of the executive arm of government reside in the President.


  1. Beeeee

    October 5, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Brief case carrying crook…wow, what a “mature”response from the Presidency. Our biggest problem right now is Boko Haram, so i ask the question many people asked on social media over the weekend, why didnt he make himself Minister of Defence as well? So the Presidency wants us to believe that out of the millions of people we have in the country, they couldn’t find a corruption-free noisemaker to head the petroleum ministry? They better find a way to contain and destroy Boko Haram before they spread to other parts of the country. All this clapping back and not clapping back is really not needed right now.

    • charles

      October 5, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      1. “Brief case carrying crook…wow, what a “mature”response from the Presidency.”
      You know next to nothing about what and whom the president is referring to. Those whom he is referring to, know themselves.

      2. “so i ask the question many people asked on social media over the weekend, why didnt he make himself Minister of Defence as well?. . .”
      By virtue of him being president, he is already commander in chief of the Armed forces.

      3. “So the Presidency wants us to believe that out of the millions of people we have in the country, they couldn’t find a corruption-free noisemaker to head the petroleum ministry?. . .”
      He never said so. He has executive powers vested on him. It’s up to him to know how and when to use those powers.

      4. “They better find a way to contain and destroy Boko Haram before they spread to other parts of the country. . .”
      You are sounding like you are just hearing of boko haram or boko haram just came on board yesterday. We lived with them all through Jonathan’s tenure and they wrecked havoc. Buhari has promised to deal with them, he has only spent only 5 months of his 4 years, so calm down. If he fails, we’ll know he has failed and we will kick him out.

    • Beeeee

      October 5, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      I know next to nothing about whom he was referring to. You seemed to be in a rush to send your itemized response that you didn’t read well. I could care less about whom he was referring to, “brief case carrying crooks” is a childish response in MY opinion. Your number one response just turned me off, sorry. As for the Boko Haram bit, continue making excuses you hear? People are dying everyday and you are counting months. If he is the commander in chief why are they still running rampant? His body language should have stopped them by now abi?

    • Buss

      October 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Gbam! Thumbs up Charles.

    • Ese

      October 6, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      But he actually said he will defeat them in 3 Months.

    • Warizdiz

      October 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Don’t mind Buhari the saint and his sorry handlers. The honeymoon period is over. Nigerians are beginning to ask questions. Govt by propaganda by a confused President. Hype can only take you so far. The man wanted to die for power, now he has it, he does not know what to do with it.

    • Ms kedike

      October 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      Not that Buhari is a saint but it’s better for him to hold the position right now especially with all the drama going on with the previous person who held the position. And, any non corrupt who is given the job might turn into corrupt in a blink of an eye. That’s the source of income for the whole country. That’s where all these rich/wealthy naijas made their money from.

      Buhari, you need to fasten up your seat belt and deal with Boko haram ASAP bcos it’s getting out of hand. Stop all this unnecessary distraction and focus on important critical issues

    • nnenne

      October 5, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      If he has to be a minister, he should be a defense minister. He was a general, Boko Haram respects him…Did they not want to talk to him at some point? His goal is to stop BH, ASAP.

    • Taipan

      October 6, 2015 at 7:37 am

      I keep shaking my head in this saga, if Buhari is a genuine leader he would have choose to be a DEFENCE MINISTER instead of a PETROLEUM MINISTER as we all know BOKO HARAM has been in the up rise, he is just a HYPOCRITE……….everyone eyes popping out to get the juicy Petroleum ministry and no care about who dies from boko haram attack, the country is not safe, bombings everywhere, they are all concerned about oil oil oil ….bunch of thieves ….

  2. Devon

    October 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    “Claps back” really ???

    • zizi

      October 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm


    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 5, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Actually, the ratchet minx in me I loves that headline. It stirred up a delightful mental picture the Presido and his team on the other side of some sort of “Yo Mama” street battle or something, throwing their latest zinger to the other side.

      Love it! ?

  3. guest

    October 5, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I wish Mr. President, please face Boko Haram, for the sake of Nigerians, I have experienced two bomb blasts already at my young age in Jos and Abuja, it is a miracle that I always missed being at the epicentre by a few feet. Please face Boko Haram, our greatest challenge at the moment and stop all the pettiness! I know a good number of corpers who died in the north because of President Buhari’s political ambition in the past, so he should please remember their innocent blood that was shed and focus on eliminating extremism and illiteracy in the north. People are living in fear, since the last bomb blast, I have been having nightmares about death and I am very paranoid about going outside. I can only imagine how it must be for internally displaced people and for those in places like Maiduguri. We still don’t know the real status of the children from Chibok, there is no time for all this rubbish!!! I am so tired of this country.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 5, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      The sobering reminder I needed that there’s still a lot on the President’s task list which we citizens need to establish his accountability for, sooner rather than later….

  4. SWAAG1

    October 5, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Good for him. These crooks will not have access to going behind closed doors to infiltrate the industry. They must show evidence that they can perform before they get a deal and it means going through a vetting process with Buhari in charge.

  5. tilda

    October 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Yes crooks, crooks everywhere but who will check and balance you. It’s democracy not your village politics there needs to be transparency in all things. You can’t just assume people’s trust and take on 2 big offices within your own regime. Sounds a bit like autocracy. Have you forgotten that you were elected following a “democratic process” abi Na Coup? . This is how it starts oh!. Please set a standard that will can be consistently used in nigerian politics. Tomorrow now when a crook comes to power and decides that he alone will control Nigeria without ministers it will be following a standard set by his predecessor. This is a standard that is set to be abused it has so many loop holes at different levels. Its just a quick fix or could be something more sinister. There are crooks because there are loop holes in the system. Employ educated people who can draw up policy and procedure . I feel the decision to be petroleum minister is immature, lazy and at worst a sinister plan and a true reflection of jungle democracy. I tire for Nigeria. Why we keep recycling these people is beyond me.

    • Thank you jare

      October 5, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      @Tiilda, you just nailed it. What die-hard Buhari supporters have refused to see is the bad antecedent he is setting with this…even if looks like it is in black and white now, it wouldn’t remain so for long!

    • nnenne

      October 5, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Very, many thanks @ tilda.

    • Beeeee

      October 5, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      On point! Who will check and balance him. Shey there was an allegation about money missing during his time as Minister of Petroleum ages ago? They are trying so hard to sweep it under the carpet

  6. larz

    October 5, 2015 at 4:22 pm


    sitting with my popcorn

  7. Oluchi

    October 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Angel Buhari….”omni-know it all.” It is a crying shame and insult on over 150 million Nigerian Home and Abroad that not even one person qualifies for the post of a Minister of Petroleum.. It is a crying shame. It is a slap on Nigeria. I feel so ashamed of the way we carry on in this country.

  8. Nedu

    October 5, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Our president, there are numerous qualified people all over the country to handle the portfolio

  9. passingby

    October 5, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Hian!!! So this aboki wants to be Judge, jury and excutioner. Absolute power!!!!!!!. Because of what! What lame ass excuse warrants such draconian methods. So your hands are clean holy weje !! Nigeria akaligo this sort of backwardness Na! We done pass this , this is not Congo oh. I talk am , he never even warm presidencial seat, he don begin give daughter post up and down. People over to you. Okay what is next on the agenda, make we by force begin buy buy hijab.

  10. Lol

    October 5, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Men so far I’m pleased that’s all I’m saying. Its a step by step process.

  11. Cindy

    October 6, 2015 at 12:14 am

    He is the commander-in-chief already. Are you really this dumb?

  12. dupsy

    October 6, 2015 at 4:25 am

    You guys should at least give him some time and let us see the outcome of his heading the ministry of petroleum. Do you know how many trillions and billions of dollars Nigeria has lost through this ministry? This ministry is the most corrupt and 95 per cent of Nigerian billionaires and millionaires all made it through this ministry. Many of the infrastructures that the country needs such as functioning hospitals, good roads, constant supply of electricity, government subsidized housing, functioning schools and universities, the list is endless should have come through the resources from this ministry. But you know what in typical Nigerian style, some few steal this money and siphon it abroad ( nowadays it is even more difficult to hide money abroad than before). So let us see what Buhari is trying to do before we start screaming.

  13. Cazy

    October 6, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Not dumb he’s c in c already also he’s president already but did not stop him from being a minister though all ministers report to him so he though all service chiefs report to him does not stop him from being the minister of defence so your argument is ????

  14. OB

    October 6, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Well, I guess everyone that has commented has his or her own opinion. I am not sure I want to express my opinions here but I have a couple of simple questions I want to ask you. 1. Do you know better than the current (Buhari) administration?……2. Do you know better than Buhari himself??………3. Do you feel you can govern better than Buhari?…….4. Do you think you are a better decision maker (in terms of governing Nigeria) than Buhari?? 5. Do you have any sort of experience what so ever that has allowed you to make such comments about his decisions??………6. Which past president do you feel is better (in terms of decision making) than buhari (you can compare their whole tenure to his 5 monnths in office if you wish)??….Last question…….7. Do you know anybody at all (Politician or Technocrat) that would be fit for Petroleum Minister??

    I respect all your opinions but please you need to think first. You do not have to answer to me, you can keep your answers to yourselves but please, it is important to think.


    • SeeSaw

      October 6, 2015 at 9:54 am

      I beg, which kind otakara/jeleosinmin comment is this? Mtcheeeeeeeeeew. Pls. Go and suck breat. When you are mature enough to comment come back. Mtcheeeeeeeeeee X 2

    • SeeSaw

      October 6, 2015 at 9:56 am


    • Lol

      October 6, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Thank you for this.

  15. beast

    October 6, 2015 at 9:50 am

    President Buhari has not done anything illegal. The Commander-in-Chief holds executive power so he can choose to have ministers if he wants to. My problem with his decision is the biggest problem in the country is insecurity so why not face it thoroughly by personally over-seeing the defense department of the country? Remember a good leader should be able to listen to the voice of the people and the people want security first before anything. It is only the living that can fight corruption na! lol secure lives first Mr. President

  16. Hugo

    October 6, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I love Mr. President’s response especially the brief case carrying crooks part. The petroleum sector is our collective bank account and needs nothing less than an earthly saint to run. i agree totally with PMBs decision to head t6he ministry. The success or failure of his administration is tied to how he handles our finances as a country and if i were him, id be damned straight to hell if i let anyone else handle it. There is a reason why hes the President and this is one of them.

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